USU’S Science Unrwapped kicks off new ‘climate’ series Jan. 21

LOGAN – Utah State University’s Science Unwrapped is kicking off the frigid New Year with a “hot” new series.”Climate” is the topic for the program’s spring 2011 presentation series. The free, monthly presentations, offered in a family friendly format for all ages, focus on varied aspects and disciplines of science.”In our new series, we’ll talk about the science of climate,” says Shane Larson, Science Unwrapped committee chair and assistant professor in USU’s Physics Department. “We’ll discuss what it is, how we measure what’s happening with it and what scientists are learning about it.”The series starts Friday, Jan. 21, with the presentation, “Earth’s Changing Climate,” at 7 p.m. in the Emert Auditorium, Room 130, of the Eccles Science Learning Center on campus. Featured speaker is physicist Robert Davies of the USU-based Utah Climate Center.”Earth’s changing climate is fast emerging as this century’s preeminent challenge,” Davies says. “A diverse collection of broad, deep, independent lines of evidence has led to robust scientific conclusions: Earth is warming, principally attributable to humans, and posing a serious threat to humans, human society and the human ecosystem.”Davies calls the effort that’s led to these conclusions “truly breathtaking.””It’s a scientific tour de force and a crowning achievement of humanity’s scientific enterprise,” he says.Refreshments and hands-on activities follow Davies’ presentation.Initiated by the college in February 2009, Science Unwrapped is designed to introduce science in a relaxed, entertaining manner. Previous presentations have drawn several hundred participants to each event, with attendees ranging from preschoolers to senior citizens.”We want to get people excited about science and get them asking questions,” Larson says.For more information, call 435-797-3517, visit www.usu.edu/science/unwrapped or view the Science Unwrapped at USU Facebook page.

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